Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir said the fairness cream industry was “hellbent on making us lighter”.
Speaking at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), Zartaj Gul said the fairness cream industry was making use of advertisements to create an impression that everyone should have a lighter skin tone.
“We’re being forcefully sold cosmetics and we’re being made sick through them,” the state minister stressed, vowing never to let any company play with people’s skin in the future again.
A complex has been instilled in men to become whiter, she added, noting that her ministry had carried out laboratory tests for mercury content in 59 brands of skin whitening creams.
Of the fairness creams tested, only three were in line with the required standards.
Extracts from a The News article (original). Published 18 December 2020.